POP ART in Print – by Chester Visual Arts – 13/10/2017


Chester Visual Arts

This week I finally had the time to visit the POP ART in print exhibition hosted by Chester Visual Arts. The location of the show was in the building that was previously used as a library, right bang in the city centre. I have been saying for a while that Chester needs/deserves a gallery in the city (obviously I’m biased to this for being an art student) so its great to see the beginnings of what could turn out to be an important move towards there being more focus on the arts in Chester.

Press Release – The Victoria & Albert Museum’s ‘Pop Art in Print’ exhibition, presented by Chester Visual Arts and curated by the V&A, brings together, for the first time, an international collection of Pop graphics featuring artists Andy Warhol, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, Allen Jones, Roy Lichtenstein and Ed Ruscha. The exhibition is free to enter. It will also explore Pop in other media, including printed textiles from the period, wallpapers inspired by Pop’s strong graphic character and comic book styling, artists’ books and posters. The exhibition will conclude by taking a look at the legacy of Pop in the work of more recent artists and designers.

The images down below were some of my favourites.  I pulled them off the V&A’s online archives, as this collection of prints is on loan from them. (and unfortunately photography was not permitted in the gallery)



Richard Hamilton – My Marilyn – 1965 – Colour screenprint on paper



Gavin Turk – In Memory of Gavin Turk – 2003 – Screenprint with diamond dust (A print showing the artist himself as Joseph Beuys)



Lloyd Johnson & Andy Warhol – Soup Can – 1973 – Dress fabric



Micheal English – Love Festival – 1967 – Screenprint on paper


Hello 3rd year…..Lets do this

Tuesday 3rd October 2017 


First day of studio practice had a steady beginning, but having a tutorial first thing to start the year off, I found really boosted my confidence. I spoke with Maxine Bristow (my personal tutor) and we went through most of the work I generated over the summer. Some pieces being well rounded and complete, and others that were experiments or something I wanted to produce quickly and not think about too much.

I jotted some notes down as we were chatting because I find its best for me to look back on conversations, so I can look further into points discussed. I explained how I was continuing with my exploration of colour and shape, that could be translated into both 2D and 3D work. Because of the nature of my work, I find there are many roads I can go down, in terms of the initial ideas and the content of the work.

After speaking with Maxine, I began to see how I could get overwhelmed with these numerous exploration points. So from this, it seemed obvious to make a mind map of all the possible experiments and ideas that I could delve into, and with this try each of them out maybe once a week, or every couple of days. This way (if it’s successful) I will be able to cover all the grounds I want to, and eventually settle on the final ‘idea’ that may lead to my degree show piece.



Tate Modern – London – 12/08/2017


Piet Mondrian – Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue – 1935 – Oil paint on canvas



Ellsworth Kelly – Gironde – 1951 – Oil paint on wood



Pablo Picasso – Weeping Woman (Femme en pleurs) – 1937 – Oil paint on canvas




Olafur Eliasson – Yellow versus Purple – 2003 – Glass, steel cable, motor, floodlight and tripod

video link  –  Olafur Eliasson’s Yellow Versus Purple

I stood in this room and watched this piece for a good 5 minutes, fascinated by the floating disk and the colour changing circle reflected on white the walls in space. It is a beautiful piece that plays with colour theory and light and the way we ultimately see it. When walking around the piece, every so often you would be drenched in the coloured light reflecting from the spotlight to the swirling disk at the centre. I suppose this really involves you in the piece, as no matter where you stand, a circle of colour will reach you, and you’ll either be yellow, blue, or tinted purple. I found this installation really peaceful to watch, it kind of reminded me of a pendulum swinging back and forth, only with the colourful dancing light. These pictures really don’t do this piece any justice, but it was the best I could get at the time.





Bridget Riley – Evoë 3 – 2003 – Acrylic paint and oil paint on canvas



Mark Rothko – Untitled (Red, Black, Orange and Pink on Yellow) – 1954 – Oil paint on canvas



Mark Rothko – Black on Maroon Mural, section 3 – 1959 – Oil paint on canvas  ‘from the Rothko Room’

This picture was taken in the infamous ‘Rothko room’ which is ultimately my favourite part of the Tate modern. The room is darkly lit, so I changed the brightness of the picture to see it in more detail. However the whole room had minimal lighting, because it was intended by the artist to view the work in a way where you would be completely absorbed by the paintings. This was definitely how I felt walking into this space. Along with the subtle lighting, the room was quite even when filled with onlookers. Which ultimately added to the overwhelming but peaceful atmosphere created in the room. There were 9 large paintings in the room  altogether and all carried the themes of black, red and a dark maroon. Adding to the darkness of the space.




Salvador Dalí – Lobster Telephone – 1936 – Steel, plaster, rubber, resin and paper



Henri Matisse – The Snail (L’Escargot) – 1953 – Gouache on paper, cut and pasted on paper mounted canvas

This is by far my favourite piece by Matisse, so I was so amazed to see it in person. I don’t think I ever realised how large this piece was, after only looking at versions printed in books or online. The picture really doesn’t do the piece any justice, because of the refection from the glass that protects the paper. I loved looking a this ‘cut out’ up close, because you can see little holes on the edges of the paper shapes, where they might have been pinned down before Matisse decided on the final placement. I love the mix of the straight lines and the jagged cuts, which along with the mix of colours used, all  complement each other and somehow ‘fit’ perfectly.



Wassily Kandinsky – Cossacks (Cosaques) – 1910 – 1911 – Oil on canvas



Andy Warhol – Marilyn Diptych – 1962 – Acrylic paint on canvas



Guerrilla Girls – Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum? – 1989 – Screen print on paper


What Do These Artists Have In Common? – 1985 – Screen print on paper

This was the first time I had ever seen the art of the anonymous Guerrilla Girls in person.  The aims of the group has been to somewhat expose the sexual and racial discrimination found in the art world, particularly focusing on the art in New York, but also can be relevant to other art scenes. This statement I find is always made clear with any of the prints created.  I admire how straight forward their messages are, as they don’t hide behind symbolism which is used more frequently. I do find it amazing how all of the female artists involved are completely anonymous, I think it creates mystery, which is in complete contrast to how ‘outspoken’ their art is.




Marcel Duchamp – Fountain 1917 (Replica) – 1964 – Glazed earthenware


Pablo Picasso – Bust of a Woman (Buste de femme) – 1944 – Oil paint on canvas



Richard Tuttle – System VI, White Traffic – 2011 – Wood, fibreboard, polystyrene foam, synthetic mesh, terracotta, halogen lamp, ceramic, vinyl – coated steel cable, wire, foam, aluminium bolts, electrical cord, acrylic paint and oil paint.



Barbara Kruger – Who owns what? – 2012 – Photographic screenprint on vinyl



Cildo Meireles  – Babel – 2001 – Electrical radios

This piece was incredible. I didn’t expect to see an installation so big and profound and yet fit perfectly into a space. There was a lot of things going on in this room, which made me feel a little overwhelmed. The constant noise coming out of what seemed like every radio used, some blasting music, and some broadcasting conversations. The overall height of the piece in which you could’nt avoid looking up at. And the dim lights, to draw attention of the lights used on every other device. For me, this installation was like a distraction for the senses, but allowing you to admire the greatness of the structure.

Tate Liverpool – 13/07/2017


Andy Warhol  – Self Portrait – Screen print



Michelangelo Pistoletto – Venus of the Rags – 1967, 1974 – Marble and Textiles



Eva Hesse – Tomorrow’s Apples (5 in White) – 1965 – Enamel, gouache, varnish, cord and papíer máché on board



Space Tapestry : Faraway Missions:


Alexandra Mir – YES (we are alone in the Universe) – 2015-2017 – Fibre-tipped pen on synthetic canvas


Alexandra Mir –Solar System (How far from the Olympic park is Saturn?) – 2015-2017 – Fibre-tipped pen on synthetic canvas


Alexandra Mir – Solar System (How far from River Lea is Uranus) – 2015-2017 – Fibre-tipped pen on synthetic canvas


Alexandra Mir – Pluto (and from here you look so small) – 2015-2017 – Fibre-tipped pen on synthetic canvas


This exhibition completely blew me away at the Tate in Liverpool. These enormous marker pen drawings took over the whole of the ground floor gallery space, each piece almost reaching from floor to ceiling. The pieces make it pretty obvious that they are about space, planets and the cosmos. However I think it also draws attention to how small we really are in comparison. As each piece explores the universe, it is such an enormous thing to try and represent in a gallery, let alone trying to fathom it in our own minds. The information about this series stated the following –

‘…these works invite visitors to consider not only the great discoveries of space exploration, but to see the romance in science and gain perspective on humanity’s significance in the universe and our relationships to one another.’


ARK Sculpture Exhibition – Chester Cathedral – 07/07/2017



Damien Hirst – False Idol

For me, this was the first time seeing a ‘Damien Hirst’ piece up close. He is a powerhouse artist in the competitive art world, and I can’t believe how long it has taken me to see one of his pieces in person.  I found it quite shocking at first, if I’m honest (being an animal lover) but from studying the piece at bit longer. I began to appreciate the planning and work that went in to making this piece, and something I noticed last was that the calf had golden hooves (maybe even solid/real gold) matching with the gold encasing of the calf in the formaldehyde.  The piece was the central sculpture in the South Transept of the Cathedral, which was planned very well,  because with the piece being quite large,  it was deserving to take centre stage in the show.



Michael Joo – Stubbs (Absorbed)


Abigail Fallis – Dagon


Daniel Chadwick – Whale

This beautiful piece was hanging from the historical ceilings of the cathedral, in the area of St Werburg’s Chapel.  The blue glow of the piece was created by a light shining on it from higher up, which made each of the segments luminous (made from a transparent material). With the contrast of the light, the materials and the overall shape of the piece, made it altogether look so delicate, that it was almost floating in the halls of the Cathedral.



David Nash – Beaver Chew Dome


Peter Randall-Page – Fructus, Phyllotaxis, Corpus

It was hard to avoid seeing these impressive sculptures. They were located in the courtyard area, just by the main entrance of the Cathedral. My mind instantly went to thinking that they looked like giant dragons eggs from Game of Thrones. (nerdy reference) I liked how each egg had a different pattern design, that I assume represents three separate meanings. I found it slightly strange to see these sculptures in this setting, as just behind them stands the old Roman streets and Tudor buildings of Chester. It’s great that all of these sculptures can be seen in the city, and be accessible for everyone.

Manchester School of Art Degree Show – 09/06/2017


Emily Chapman – Sculpture – ‘A kind of light spread out from her’

This has to be my favourite piece from the degree show. This sculpture is made from MDF, resin, acrylic primer and spray paint. I love everything about it, from the way the pieces are individual and how they have been assembled, to the colour palette used, and even how it almost had centre space in this area of the show. I walked around the piece a couple of times because I was so interested in what they had been made out of, and I was interested to know if they had been made to be displayed exactly like this, of were assembled this way after the making process.



Ash Van Dyck – Interactive art ‘Online commentary’


Some of my favourites……….

“There’s a fine line between Art and Bollocks”

“Reminds me of something my 6 yr old niece is fond of making and thats not art either”

“It’s the latest in a large body of work that I call ‘taking the piss'”

“Call that art? My pet magpie could (and does) do better”

“This crap is not art! It’s just crap. Why do we let these morons away with this??”